Burgerville is committed to supporting sustainable and thriving communities. One of the ways in which we do that is by purchasing blocks of renewable energy credits, or RECs, from all of the electric companies in the service areas where we are located. For those restaurants in communities with smaller utilities that do not have an renewable electricity program, we purchase RECs from Bonneville Environmental Foundation. In all cases we purchase RECs equivalent to 100% of the electricity used in all of our Burgerville restaurants as well as our Corporate Headquarters.
The RECs purchased by Burgerville are designated to the development of renewable energy facilities in the Northwest. Most of these facilities generate wind power, which is very practical and has an abundant supply of “free” resource available, i.e. wind, mostly east of the Cascade Mountains.
So the answer is yes and no. Some of our energy may be generated by wind power, but we are purchasing 100% credits that support the further development of alternative energy sources such as wind power.
For as little as $1.50 per month, residential users can participate as well through most utilities. The average resident can offset 100% of their electrical use for about $6 or $7. We invite you to join us in helping to make our part of the world just a little bit more sustainable. Check with your local utility company for details.